Fifth Sunday of Lent ~ March 26, 2023

National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

First Reading:
I will put my spirit in you that you may live, and I will settle you upon your land; thus you shall know that I am the LORD. (Ez. 37:14)

With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption. (Ps. 130)

Second Reading:
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Sprit dwelling in you. (Rom. 8:11)

“I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (Jn 11:25-26)

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD. The English translation of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Though weighed down by grief, Martha rushes out to meet Jesus. She may not understand why he was absent upon the death of her brother, but her faithfulness is undeterred. In the hour of her heartbreak, she knows her only solace is in the embrace of the Lord.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:







  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (April 2), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (March 27) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available for Reconciliation:
    • Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
    • March 27, 6:30 p.m., St. James
    • March 28, 6:30 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Confirmation Class: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Stations of the Cross & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament: Wednesdays in Lent, 7:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Stations of the Cross & Soup Supper: March 30, 6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: St. James
    • Every Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. (Cancelled April 5)
    • Thursdays, April 13 & 27, 7:30 p.m.
  • Taizé Prayer: April 20, 7:30 p.m., St. James
  • Book Study: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James
  • Sweet Sunday: April 2, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Easter Egg Hunt: April 9, 10:00 a.m., St. James

Lenten Opportunities at Our Parish:

  • Stations of the Cross & Soup Supper: Thursdays in March; 6:00 p.m.; Holy Cross Church, Ovid. If you wish to volunteer to bring soup, there is a sign-up sheet in the back of Holy Cross Church, or you may contact the parish office.
  • Stations of the Cross & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament: Wednesdays in Lent; 7:00 p.m.; St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession):
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available for celebration every Friday at St. Francis Solanus Church beginning at 6:30 p.m. During the Season of Lent two other opportunities have been scheduled:

  • Monday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle
  • Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Cross.

Sweet Sunday at St. James & Egg Hunt Preparation:
Next Sunday, and the first Sunday of Every month, parishioners are invited to stay after the 9:00 a.m. Mass for a social hour. At this particular Sweet Sunday, parishioners can help fill eggs with candy for the Easter egg hunt the following Sunday.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt:
All are welcome to participate in the Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle!  Join us!

Easter Triduum Schedule:

  • Holy Thursday Mass: April 6, 7:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Good Friday: April 7
    • Passion of Our Lord, 3:00 p.m., Holy Cross
    • Stations of the Cross, 7:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Easter Vigil Mass: April 8, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Easter Sunday Masses: April 9
    • 9:00 a.m., St James the Apostle
    • 10:30 a.m., Holy Cross

Healing and Harmony/Book Study/Taizé Prayer:
These weekly events held in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle on Wednesdays and Thursdays will be cancelled on April 5 & 6 as it is Holy Week.
The regular schedules for Healing and Harmony and the book study will resume Wednesday, April 12. The Taizé Prayer schedule will resume Thursday, April 20 at 7: 30 p.m. Contact Sister Anne at 607-294-4206 or with any questions.

Blood Drive:
The Red Cross is holding a blood drive on Saturday, April 8, from 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion in Trumansburg (4431 Seneca Road). To schedule an appointment to donate call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit

Lent – Daily Meditations and CRS Rice Bowls:
Booklets, The Word Among Us, are available in the foyers of the Church. The booklets contain a meditation for each day of lent. They are most useful for private and family gathering use.
Also available in the foyers are CRS rice bowls. The sacrifices we make to support the CRS Rice Bowl during Lent have the power to change lives by deepening our connection to our one human family. 75% of donations are used globally, and 25% stay local.

2022-2023 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
To support important Diocesan programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our Church in the Diocese of Rochester, our parish has been given an appeal goal of $31,000. To meet this goal, we need your help. Please do what you are able. CMA pledge envelopes are available in the foyers of the Church. A “thank you” to all who have already participated in the Appeal.

The Catholic Catechism in a Year:
Ascension Press launched The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) podcast. With this podcast, Catholics will read the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church in 365 days and transform their relationship with the Church that Christ founded. For more information go to:

Donating to Your Parish:
Online giving by WeShare is safe, simple and convenient. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Visit the parish website’s giving page:
  2. Follow the directions under the “Donate Online” section.
  3. Set up your donation or payment.

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problem, please e-mail Eileen at

Lenten Reminders:

  • The season of Lent continues until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (April 6).
  • “Alleluia” is not sung or said from the beginning of Lent until the Easter Vigil.
  • During Lent the altar is not to be decorated with flowers.
  • Musical instruments may be played only to give necessary support to the singing.
  • The readings for the Lenten Masses have been chosen in relation to the themes of baptismal renewal and conversion.
  • The Easter celebration is: Holy Thursday, Good Friday & Holy Saturday – the Easter Triduum (Three Days of Easter).
  • During the Season of Lent, the Church urges all the faithful to reflect a spirit of prayer, penance (conversion), and charity.

Easter Duty:
All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. In reference to this law the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year June 4). (Church Law #920)

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” To learn more visit, call 315–789–0708, text: 315-945-1019, or email

Please take time this week to pray the rosary for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and for world peace, especially in Ukraine.

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns and Sister Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2023. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sisters Anne Marie and Dolores, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyers of the churches. Mass intentions may also be requested by phoning the parish office.

Sanctuary Lamp:
In Catholic Churches, a candle is always lit to indicate that the Blessed Sacrament is present in the church. This candle is called the “sanctuary lamp.” Every week the candle or oil is renewed. In many churches, people donate to the church for the sanctuary lamp be lit for the week for the intention of the donor. This has been the custom at Holy Cross Church, Ovid and is now extended to St. James the Apostle and St. Francis Solanus Churches. In making the donation simply put on the envelope, “donation for the sanctuary lamp” and specify the week and, if so desired, your intention.

Cancer Services Program (CSP):
Cortland and Tompkins Counties offer free cancer screenings to those who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings. The screening services are provided in local health centers, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. For more information, contact CSP at 866 442 2262.

Prayer Intentions:
Please feel free to add your prayer requests in the books available for that purpose in each church. The prayer requests of fellow parishioners are listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). You may also add a request by emailing the parish at or phoning the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

Let Us Pray: Please remember in your prayers those members of our parish who are in the hospital, sick at home, in a nursing home, or who have requested our prayers (see the list on the parish’s PRAYERS page). We also ask you to pray for those who have died. May the Lord bring comfort to their family and friends during this difficult time and may they find hope in the Resurrection.

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